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Guilin Grand Loop by Bike

Tour Itinerary

Tour Highlights

*  Visit of ancient towns and well-reserved old villages,
*  Biking on countryside rails and attraction visit,
*  Bicycle greenway cycles along Ancient canal and Li River,
*  Hot spring relax after cycling,
*  UNESCO heritage at Ziyuan and Dragon's Backbone of Longji Rice Terraces Fields,
*  Bamboo rafting and evening show,
*  Homestay lunch at local farmer's house.

Tour Notes

GCT company never arranged cycling with the busy traffic except we had no choice, the support van are used almost everyday in this tour, helping us jumping one place worth to cycle to another. We tried best to shortern the time for those drivings, to make your time touring with us more valuable, we recommend cyclists wishing an easy-medium difficulty level holiday and seeing histories and lives in China to book this tour.

Tour Overviews

This tour is designed for the active traveler who does not wish to cover too many areas in 10 - 14 days and intend to have an in-depth travel experience and funs. The tour is fully supported and you are worry-free about the biking distance. This tour covers all the must-visit parts around Guilin and highlights both in north and south, it is one of the classic long-distance bike tour in south China in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and the day by day tour details are flexible to be revised based on clients' wishes. 

Tour Level From: 1/2/3/4/5  (Difficulty of GCT?)  
Start and Finish Point (Airport): Guilin(KWL).
Distance (flexible): No more than 520KM in cycling 9 days. (2-3 non-cycle days)
Bike Type:  E - Bikes / Hybird Bikes (flat bar).
*  Tour style: Guided by guide, supporting van (Guilin). 
*  Road Condition: Well paved concrete/asphalt.


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Tour Experience

Day 1 Arrival in Guilin(D)

Guilin is connected by flights with major cities in China, like Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu and etc. GuilinCyclingTours's rep will meet you at Guilin airport and take you to hotel. We'll get together for a group meeting in the early evening and test ride the bikes before heading out for a banquet of local restaurant. (No matter you are a skilled rider or a newbie, you will be given a professional basic user manual about the bicycle we offer and the matters need attention about this tour. You will get your bicycles today and have a try with tour leader.)

If your flight arrives in Guilin in the morning, you will have more free time to visit the city. 

Overnight in Guilin.

Biking tour in Guilin og Guangxi

Biking tour Guilin of Guangxi province

Day 2 Guilin – Xing'an (39KM+28KM cycling + half hour trekking) (B, L, D)

Today's highlights: fun-filled day, passing through university, well-preserved old houses and villages, peaceful country road. 

Cycling from Guilin to Xing'an

Cycling Data of 39KM to Xing'an in the Morning

We will drive you outside the dangerous and busy Guilin city area directly and then start our cycling after 1 hour's drive when our car finishes the climbs section for today. We offer a wonderful and gentle start of the whole trip. After about 36KM cycling mainly on paved and flat, lunch at Xing'an county.   We will stop at some remote old villages for a visiting during our cycle.

Cycling the greenway lately built for cyclists along the Lingqu Canal for 28KM, enjoy the wonderful experience and the nice path among the biggest grapery area in Guangxi. We can enjoy grape in local farmer's famuly if our tour is during Sept-Oct. Then our supporting van will drive us again back to Xing'an for a walk and rest. Xing'an is a historical county in northern part of Guilin, the symbol there - the Lingqu Canal was dug out in 214BC when the first emperor ruled China, and connected Guilin with central China by shipping ever since.

Overnight in business hotel at Xing'an. 

Cycling route to Jiangtou Village in Guilin

Day 3 Transfer Bajiaozhai Trekking (supporting van transfer + trekking about 4 hours) (B, L, D)

Today's highlights: Avoid traffic and save our valuable time travelling in China, Danxia landform hills and trekking on the mountain .

Today we head out early after breakfast for a drive to the north of Guilin  to the UNESCO Heritage Bajiaozhai NationalPark, famed for its unique red sandstone karst formations. Once here we’ll hike up to the Buddhist temples (1800 steps) on the highest peak for incredible views overlooking the neighbouring province, Hunan.After a wander through these working temples and watching locals make offerings and wishes at these shrines it’s a walk down through bamboo groves to our homestay, with time to set up the bikes and a great little warm up ride if time permits. We’ll be staying with a local family in their small guesthouse and tonight’s dinner is local style banquet where we’ll make sure the local specialities and produce are featured.

We may need about 2 hours driving from Xing'an county to Ziyuan, and another 1 hour on the van before arriving the Bajiaozhai scenic spot. The park is located on the boundary of Guangxi province and Hunan province, the landform and rocks there are so special and attracting people all over China.

NOTE: When there are more than 3 paticipants of this tour, our leader will take you for a shuttle bus from Xing'an to Bajiaozhai as the supporting van is not available to carry everybody with all the bikes in the same time. 

Don't forget to change your cycling shoes into a common sport one as we are going to hike on the mountain for about 4 hours. (All stairs). 

Overnight in local family. 

Cycling route to Jiangtou Village in Guilin

Day 4 Bajiaozhai --  Chetian (58KM) (B, L, D)

Today's highlights: Cycling through mountains in the north of Guilin, Miao minority people, villages and towns.

Gps data biking from Bajiaozhai to Chetian.

Cycling from Bajiaozhai Park to Chetian

Today’s ride is a varied one that takes us up into the mountains.For the first few kilometres we ride out of the park through tiny villages on quiet roads. It’s undulating terrain with forest and farmland as the backdrop where you’ll see local people tendingrice fields or livestock. We take a sharp ascent up onto a ridgeline, where things flatten out for a while, and rural China scenes abound, before descending into a wider valley and our lunch stopin the village of Guali. Local life is on the street here and peoplewill be curious to see foreigners here on bicycles, so a pre-lunch wander is highly recommended.

For those that wish to transfer up tothe top of the hills our vehicles will be available. From the top we can see the provinces highest mountain peak: Mao Er Mountain.The descent on the other side takes us through forests, narrow gullies and a ravine. We’ll pass numerous villages and wooden houses built on the mountainsides and nestled amongst rice terraces, fruit orchards and wild forest. We have a short ride out of Chetian town where we stay in a secluded valley in a quiet basic guesthouse with spectacular rock formations and waterfalls ideal for hiking and swimming.

You can get up very early in the morning and trek up the hills again to see the sunrise in Danxia landform, but it's suggested to start for today's cycling as earlier as we can. We will not encounter too much difficulties in the morning, however, a big climbs lasts over 25KM will test us in the afternoon. Arrive at the peaceful and less commercialized town of Chetian in the afternoon.

Overnight in the best hotel of Chetian town.

Cycling route to Jiangtou Village in Guilin

Day 5 Chetian – Longsheng Hot Spring Resort (45 KM + Half day rest at hot spring resort) (B, L, D)

Half day rest at hot spring resort

Longsheng hot Spring

 Cycling from Chetian to Hot Spring Resort

Today's highlights: Peaceful and well-paved road, Miao villages along the river, rest at deluxe hot spring and buffering for the whole trip.

Today’s ride is a spectacular one as we have two passes, and descents, and plenty of time to stop and visit the many ancient villages along the way. This area is inhabited by Dong, Miao andYao people and the villages see virtually no tourists. One of the great experiences of the region is to simply stop and visit. Local sare sure to welcome you with a smile and are proud to see you look around their homes. It’s not uncommon to be invited in for anice cup of tea! After the second climb it’s a long gentle downhill ride to the Longsheng Hot Springs. Well known in the local area this is the perfect location to stop and soak your muscles after the days ride. We stay in a hotel nested in narrow gorge with an outdoor natural hot spring. There is a great hike along the gorge to a local Miao village for those with some energy left.

Not too much difficulty challenges us today as the road surface is so nice. We enjoy our cycles along the river, surrounded by the rice terraces and typical wooden house of Miao minority people. We will arrive and stay overnight at the hot spring resort, and then enjoy the luxury and comfortable hot spring water bath.

Cycling route to Jiangtou Village in Guilin

Day 6Hot Spring Resort - Longji Rice Terrace Fields (46KM cycle and 2 hours trekking) (B,L)

Today's highlights: Trekking on the mountains and enjoying the 'Dragon's Backbone Rice Fields'. 

Change: Cycling from Longsheng Hot Spring  to Pingan Village

A very morning soak in the hot spring again is not a bad idea. A late departure will not ruin the schedule of the day as most of the roads today are level. First 24km will be level along the river. Then you will be challenged by a few slopes. Upon arrival at the rice terraces car park and have lunch, we store up the bikes then drive and hike uphill (1.5hr) for our lodge on the rice terraces. The ethnic people of Yao have been living here for more than 400yrs and their flamboyant red color dress is a constant theme of picture taking. Annoying groups are inevitable as the terraces are SO famous!

Most of the terrain for today will be flat or undulating but with asteep and challenging 4 mile / 6 km climb up to the Longji rice terraces to finish. Along the way we’ll pass through the county capital, Longsheng, where we’ll check out the local market. This is where much of the produce in the region ends up before being traded to far off locations around China or to kitchens locally. There is an extraordinary array of goods for sale, exoticand sometimes very strange, but always colourful and fascinating. We will arrive in Pingan, the village situated in them iddle of the rice terraces, with enough time so that you have time to sit back with a beer and enjoy the sunset views from the terrace of the Zhuang minority, traditionally-built guesthouse.The owners  always make us feel at home and may offer us a sample of their special sweet rice wine.

We will stay overnight at hotel or wood lodge on the rice terraces. Local people live in this wooden house as it is cool in summer and warm in winter.

Overnight on the mountain in the scenic spot.

Cycling route to Jiangtou Village in Guilin

Day 7 Pingan - Free Day Rest Day (B)

A free day to spend at your leisure. Highly recommend is taking a day hike to the nearby village of Dazhai which will take you through many villages only accessible by foot and through someof the most beautiful scenery in the area.Otherwise the village of Pingan is an interesting place to relax or bargain for handicrafts. There are several nearby view points to explore too if you don’t want to venture to far.

Cycling route to Jiangtou Village in Guilin

Day 8Longji Terraces -- Qingshitan Reservoir (86KM) (B, L, D)

Today's highlights: scenery change, cennection day from the north of Guilin to the south.

We will follow the same road down to the parking lot and get our bikes and luggage back. And then our supporting van will drive us the first 25KM skipping the inevitable and boring cycling on the busy road with dangerous cars. We will start to cycle again at around 10:30am today. And we will need about 5 hours to finish the cycles due to a 4KM big climbing up and a long distance undulating along the lake and reservoir areas.  

Cycling route to Jiangtou Village in Guilin

Day 9 Qingshitan Reservoir – Daxu (70km) (B, L)

Today's highlights: cycling along ancient canals, visiting the well-preserved ancient village, connection from the north to the south.

Today we will finish the first part of Greater Loop of the northern Guilin with a short visit to the old village of Jiangtouzhou. This village is inhabited by a famous philosopher of the Song Dynasty, Zhou Dunyi (1017 – 1073). And their consistent attention to education has produced in history, many good officials. Old houses dating back to Ming and Qing dynasties are all over with intricate wood carvings and stone carvings. 

Daxu is one of these and is a fine example of what old world China once was, with cobblestone lanes, a 400 year old stonearch bridge and people still living in wooden dwellings roofed inclassic black tiles. We’ll have plenty of time for a wander down the old streets, view the river side bustle and pop our heads into one of the old courtyard houses to see how the better off once lived. There’s plenty of antiques and curios on offer by the dozens of hawkers along the old main laneway. Along with the obligatory snake oil salesmen, you’ll find sellers offering Mao’sLittle Red Book and other communist paraphernalia, as well as purveyors of the weird and wonderful herbs and remedies.

Overnight in hotel located in Daxu ancient town.

Cycling route to Jiangtou Village in Guilin

Day 10 Daxu-Xingping (B, L, D) (50KM)

Today's highlights: back to nature, wetland boat drifting and an optional isolated gorgeous reservoir.

Cycling from Daxu to Xingping

During our ride through this flatter rural area we stop at several Ming era villages that retain their centuries-old architecture.

Near Caoping we stop for lunch before a climb up to take in what the Chinese often refer to as ‘the finest scenery under heaven’ – Karst Mountains over hanging the river.

We take a hilly route following the Li river, glimpsing these spectacular mountains above and below, before a long downhill and flat run into Xingping, an old port village, and our guesthouse with its rooftop views over the river. Xingping is an interesting place to wander around and there are lots of little cafes and handicrafts to check out, adding to its charm. There are some spectacular look outs and swimming spots too.

Today the tour takes to enjoy the limestone peaks, crisscrossing rivers, old bridges and ancient routes connecting villages. The difficulty level today is easy but the path crisscross the labyrinth of the small paths. Follow the leader closely.

Overnight at Xingping town.

Cycling route to Jiangtou Village in Guilin

Day 11 Xingping - Yangshuo (45KM) (B, L, D)

Today's highlights: single tracks and paths, bigger Karst view mountain areas.

Cycling data to Yangshuo

During the journey through big Karst mountain hills today, you will see meandering rivers, limestone hills, rural countryside with rice paddies and mud brick houses. The amazing karst topography and peaceful country road accompany you all the way to Yangshuo. Our trip is quite different from the traditional tours by cars. The biking route today is not so simple, you will encounter macadam, unsurfaced forest-road with soil or even mud. For most of the time we will not have many chances to see groceries and our support vehicle, so do a cautious ride today. There are many elegant places worth to see. So enjoy the time on the road. We will arrive at Yangshuo before evening.

Overnight at a guesthouse in Yangshuo.

Cycling route to Jiangtou Village in Guilin

Day 12 Yangshuo Countryside Cycling (45KM and half day rest) (B,L)

Today's highlights: comfortable route, farmland, challenge of mountain climbing.

Cycling from Yangshuo countryside

We will see the 400 year old Dragon Bridge, we cycle through small villages, pomelo groves, tea plantations and rice terraces.The final section of the day’s ride is through the stunning Dragon River Valley where we take dirt trails through rice fields surrounded with mountains before settling in a local farmer’svillage at one of the most charming hotels of the tour. Weather permitting; we’ll eat under the stars.

The bike takes us past the Liugong village, where we stop for a break to see the stunning scenery of Li river, before cycling through rural countryside along the Li River until we emerge in legendary Yangshuo. This once sleepy backpacker destinationis now a thriving little tourist town which is a fun place to relax and indulge a little! We stay in a centrally located hotel with easy access to the town.

Overnight at a guesthouse in Yangshuo.

Cycling route to Jiangtou Village in Guilin

Day 13 Yangshuo departure or free day (B)

Our trip service ends with the breakfast today. If you want a transfer service, please book before hand with us.

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Guide Price

2023 - 2024 Price (based on twin-beds rooms and non-holiday dates)P.S Popular Holidays in China: Qingming (Early April), National Holiday (First Week of Oct.),  rooms price in some areas during Chinese school summer vactions will be doubled or tripled. (July).

 USD2280 p.p (2-4pax), USD1650 p.p (5-8pax), USD1380  p.p (9-12pax).

Single Room Supplement: $340

*   12 nights' accommodation,
*   Hangzhou airport / train station pick-up to hotel on Day1,
*   Support vehicle,
*   Local professional English speaking guide(s),  
*   Bike hire (Hybird Bike - Flat Bar)
*   Helmet, (recommended to bring your own),
*   Most meals (see trip notes for details),
*   Entrance tickets  Longji terrace field, Li River rafting at Xingping, Light Show ticket at Yangshuo and entrance ticket of Bajiaozhai in Ziyuan etc. unless it was stated as 'Optional',
*   Snacks and mineral water during cycling days.
*  Departure airport transfers,
*  International flights and flights / trains to Guilin,
*  Alcoholic drinks,
*  Meals not stated on the itinerary,
*  Travel insurance,
*  Tips for guide (s) and support staff (Recommended but not forced).

*Please note that obtaining your own travel insurance is required in order to participate on this biking tour. It will need to include a minimum coverage of medical expenses with emergency evacuation, personal liability and accident insurance. Our biking leader will need to see a copy of your insurance at the group meeting on the first day. We reserve the right to refuse you if you do not carry such an insurance policy.

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